Be a hero in the battle against flu

Thought you were too late to get your flu jab? Think again!

We’re seeing flu in massive numbers in our hospitals and in the community. The best way to protect yourself, your family and people in your care is to get vaccinated, so get along to the clinics!

  • 11 Jan 18 –  Rm 8, Adamson Hospital  (9am-12pm)

This clinic doesn’t suit?  The Immunisation Team will be vaccinating at Victoria Hospital w/c 15 Jan 2018. Get in touch using the details below to arrange vaccination.

Phone: 01592 643355 Ext 35456



Winter Pressure – Thank you to all staff

Message from Michael Kellet, Director:

Winter time is always challenging for front line health and social care teams and the last few weeks have been busier than ever.   Health and social care colleagues and partners have made a phenomenal effort over the festive period and continue to do so in the coming weeks of winter.

Teams at Queen Margaret Hospital


Today, I visited both Queen Margaret Hospital and Glenrothes Hospital to speak to colleagues who have been working over the festive period including physiotherapists, in-patient wards, ICASS, hospital at home, hospital social work teams and many more, all of whom have gone above and beyond in the face of increased demand to keep people safe.   This also includes our partners in the third and independent sector across our care homes and home care services who were very responsive to the demand, at very short notice.  Thank you again to all involved in keeping our services going 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.








Care At Home Team Fife Business Awards 2018 Finalists

Care at HomeCongratulations to everyone in Fife Health and Social Care Partnership’s Care At Home Service who have been made it through as finalists in the Fife Business Awards 2018.

Their submission, under the category ‘Success Through Innovation’, tells the story of the roll out of Total Mobile across Fife, where the use of cutting edge technology has led to real improvements in the scheduling of home care appointments.

All 900 Home Carers have been issued with smart phones and can now see their daily rotas and respond to real time changes, all at the touch of a button.     The solution has been developed so that it is dynamic and flexible enough to respond to last minute rota changes.

Since its roll out just over a year ago, local teams are completing an average of 22,000 visits per week while the Service overall has generated more than 30% additional capacity to take on new service users through more efficient scheduling.  It’s not much wonder the submission caught the eye of the judges!

David Heaney, Divisional General Manager (East) oversees the Home Care Service who led this innovative transformation:

“Huge congratulations to everyone involved. We are very proud that the Service who has worked alongside Fife Council’s Business Technology Solution and Totalmobile, who provide the technical platform, to deliver a solution of this scale and complexity within the Care at Home environment.

Our staff’s knowledge, experience and creativity have been key to developing this unique solution.  Being shortlisted as finalists is a testament to everyone’s hard work, time and patience and they should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Jim Darragh, CEO at Totalmobile stated:   “I’m delighted to learn that Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, working together with ourselves and Fife Council have been shortlisted as a finalist. At Totalmobile we have seen first-hand the forward thinking approach that has been taken to mobile working throughout, particularly within the Partnership’s Care At Home team. The efficiencies generated and improvements in productivity are fantastic.”

The winners will be announced at Fife Business Awards Ceremony to be held on Friday 23rd March 2018 at the Glen Pavilion in Dunfermline.  Good luck everyone.


Shining examples hit the press

Our very own Angela Harley and Evelyn Thomson from Social Work’s Older Peoples team in Glenrothes have been given public praise for their “support, professionalism and sensitivity”.

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In a letter to this week’s Glenrothes Gazette, Ms Bayliss, Ladybank, gave thanks on behalf of her and her family for the support and care provided as they came to terms with her husband’s dementia.  In her words they are a “credit to their department”.    Well done and thank you to Ms Bayliss for her kind recognition of the team.


Stepping up to Pass the Badge

Colleagues from across the Partnership and beyond are continuing to support the Pass the Badge campaign.  Mental health is equally as important as physical wellbeing so encouraging the conversation in the workplace as well as at home is really important.  Thank you to everyone who sent in their selfies and reasons why they stepped up and got involved.

Check out their posts below and at the same time check out See Me’s webpages where they are running an online version of the #PassTheBadge campaign and they’d love for Fife to get involved





Partnership Board papers (16 Nov) now live


The minutes of the Partnership’s Board of the 16 November 2017 are now live.  The main topic of discussion by Members was the Financial Recovery Plan where 17 proposals were considered with the outcome of their decisions noted accordingly:

  • Full Scale Review of all Adults and Older People Community Care Packages – Adopted.
  • Introduction of Technology: Financial Management – Adopted.
  • Short Breaks/Respite: Maximum Annual Budget Allocation and Short Break Booking Service – Adopted Option 2 – maximum annual budget of £5,000 per person and also development of Short Break/Respite Booking Service.
  • Maximum Support Budget Allowance: Adult Care and Support – Adopted in principle, but referred to Clinical and Care Governance Committee for further discussion and investigation.
  • Increase Existing Charges for Social Care Related Support – Adopted in principle, but refer to Finance & Performance Committee and Fife Council for more detailed analysis with a view to a lower or phased increase in charges.
  • Transport – Flat Rate Charge Adults and Older People Social Work Services – refer to Finance & Performance Committee and Fife Council for more detailed analysis, report back to IJB in due course.
  • Community Care and Support/Day Services: Adult Services: Flat Rate Charge – refer to Finance & Performance Committee and Fife Council for more detailed analysis, report back to IJB in due course.
  • Externalisation of Residential Care at Three Care Homes to the Independent Sector – Rejected.
  • Service User Contribution – Assessment Beds – Adopted.
  • Randolph Wemyss Hospital: Temporary Bed Capacity Reduction – Adopted.
  • Adult Resources: Community Support Service Buildings – Reduce to 3 Sites – Adopted.
  • Adult Accommodation Services: White Good and Communal Area Furniture Replacement – Adopted.
  • Rationalisation of Provision of Small Pieces of Equipment – Adopted.
  • Efficiency Saving for all Charities funded by the Partnership – Adopted Option 2.
  • Recruitment Freeze Until March 2018 – Rejected.
  • Review Management Structures – Adopted.
  • Corporate Change Programmes – Fife Council and NHS Fife – Adopted.

The full report and details of each proposal can be found here.

Michael Kellet, Director of Fife Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “The budget shortfall discussed at the Partnership’s Board remains an early estimate and whilst that figure may yet change, it is right that we are open and honest about the financial and social challenges that we face.

“Whilst we recognise the challenges, there are also opportunities to look at new and progressive ways of working, developing the services we deliver and improving the experience of our service users.


“Our Transformation Plan is being developed to ensure that services are both sustainable and offer best value, whilst adhering to the fundamental principles set out in both the Strategic Plan and Clinical Strategy, namely person-centred and community-based services, and improved outcomes through prevention and early intervention.


“The public and staff should be reassured that they will be involved in conversations around new ways of working and development of services, and will play an important role in helping to shape improved and sustainable services.”


TCAT Week (27 Nov- 3 Dec 2017) – Fife’s Joint Initiative To Improve Cancer Experience

This week (27 Nov- 3 Dec), Macmillan Scotland is putting a spotlight on the Transforming Care After Treatment (TCAT) programme which set out to ensure people affected by cancer receive the best care, both in health and social care.

Since the programme launched in 2013, 25 projects have been testing new models of care and Fife is one of them.

Fife Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS Fife teams have been a key part of Macmillan’s national programme of work to help improve the experience for those diagnosed and living with cancer.

A key initiative saw the Health and Social Care Partnership create new two Local Area Co-ordinator roles where the focus is to support people in the community, who are living with cancer, in a much more integrated way and at grassroots level.

Known as the Integrated Community Cancer Care (ICCC) Project, those who were diagnosed with cancer and who agreed to be referred to a Local Area Co-ordinator, could start to receive practical support such as help with forms, linking in with local supporting charities, help access services as well as being a listening ear for both patient and carer.  This valuable role offers helps meet the holistic needs of the person by offering time, support to navigate the health and social work system takes into consideration the social, financial and emotional needs, in addition to the medical interventions that are required.

Referral routes opened at the beginning of April 2016 and in its first year, the project team has received 183 referrals.  Of these 165 service users and 18 carers were seen by a Local Area Co-ordinator.

Sharon Breeze and Mary Lynch, the Local Area Co-ordinators in Fife talk about their experience in the pilot and how the new approach has helped empower people to take control of their lives and promote inclusion into local communities:

Mary Lynch, TCAT, Local Area Co-ordinator (LAC)

“We can take the time to work with people to build confidence and accompany them to make the connections with local groups and organisations. says Mary.

An important area of our work is to offer peer to peer support sessions.  Patients can discuss their cancer journey with a patient representative who has gone through the same process to highlight good areas of practice and areas which could be improved.”




Sharon Breeze, TCAT Local Area Co-ordinator (LAC)

Sharon added: “We are also working with families and carers as the effects of a cancer diagnosis are not confined to the patient and it can be a stressful time for everyone involved.  Being able to support families is a beneficial part of the work being carried out and this is being well received by those families we are currently working with.”

So what happens now?

The vision for the Fife is for service to build on the success of the ICCC project and ensure that everyone diagnosed with cancer in Fife can easily access all the support they need, as soon as they need it, to enable them to live as well and as independently as possible.


Positive Destination – A case study

“My journey began with a phone call from Mary.  We made a few appointments but I was always so anxious and cancelled them.  Mary then decided to come and visit me at home and that’s when I started the TCAT project.

I had a plan to go to college but I was nowhere near ready to be in that kind of environment.  Mary took me to visit the college quite a few times and helped me get familiar with the building.

I then applied for a course but it was unfortunately full.  I am now looking into volunteering as I think it will help boost my confidence and my self-esteem, it will also give me retail experience that can be useful in the future.  The TCAT project has helped me recognise what I want in life and has made me realise what’s important to me.”

*Anonymised case study written by C. who has been working with a TCAT LAC.

iMatters Reminder

Staff are reminded that iMatters team discussions and action points needed to be completed by the relevant team manager by 17th November.

This is a crucial part of the iMatters process and allows all staff to play an active role in considering the workings of their team and any improvements that can be made.

Any outstanding discussions or action planning points should be finalised by this date.

Alcohol Awareness Week 2017, 13-19 November: ‘Alcohol and Families’

Alcohol Concern have announced this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week (AAW) will take place from 13-19 of November on the theme of ‘Alcohol and Families’. The charity, which has recently merged with Alcohol Research UK, has partnered with Adfam, a charity that supports families affected by drugs and alcohol.

As with previous years, Alcohol Concern hope AAW will prompt conversations about the impact of alcohol, this year ‘to help break the cycle of silence and stigma that is all too often experienced by families’. This may also help people access services or support either directly or via signposting from professionals.

Alcohol Concern will release online resources that will be free to download, including:

  • Expert factsheets on various issues associated with alcohol and families
  • An easy to understand, visual depiction of the Chief Medical Officers’ guidelines for low-risk drinking for print and social media use
  • A bank for statistics for you to use

To receive this pack directly to your email, please click here. Alcohol Concern will be sharing information, resources and stories throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #AAW2017. Family members who have been affected by a relative’s drinking and wish to share their story can get in touch with Alcohol Concern at

More information can also be found on the Adfam website.

Napier House Care Home officially open

Residents and staff of Napier House Glenrothes celebrated the official opening of the new sixty bed state-of–the-art care home. The £7.1m Napier House is the new home for residents who previously stayed in Alan McLure and South Parks care homes and moved in at the end of August. The care home also provides day services for up to 20 older people from the local area who can come along, make friends and have fun.

Cllr David Alexander, Cllr Julie Ford, Cllr David Ross – ribbon cutting

Co-Leader of Fife Council Cllr David Ross said: “Napier House provides the highest quality care and will allow integrated models of care to be developed to meet the individual needs of every resident. It’s great to see residents in their new state of the art accommodation and hear how they are settling in. All the feedback we have had so far is extremely positive and very appreciative of the warm, friendly and comfortable environment.”

Co-Leader of Fife Council Cllr David Alexander said: “The care our residents at Alan McClure and South Parks received was always excellent and both had a good reputation. Napier House will build on this and the new facilities will provide an environment which will enhance the level of support already provided for the residents. Person centred care combined with activities and entertainment will stimulate and enhance their lives and enable residents to enjoy life as much as they possibly can.”

Michael Kellet Director of Health & Social Care added: “The completion of Napier House is a wonderful achievement and has come to fruition through an amazing collaboration between many partners. Everyone involved has worked hard work to build and create an environment that will bring the maximum possible benefit to the residents.”

The opening of Napier House marks the completion of the first phase of the Care Village that will be built on the site.The Care Village will also include 30 extra care housingin a two storey ‘complex’ which includes a communal lounge area for tenants and a café area for the residents, families and wider community to enjoy. The one and two bedroomed properties will be allocated to people who are over 60 and require supervised accommodation.

Contact: Alison Marrs, Unit Manager 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 47 34 87 Contact Alison Marrs online
By Post: 300 Napier Road Glenrothes Fife KY6 1BF